Stories from the War
12 November 2022 / 10 a.m. EST
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Presenter: Carol Annett
As an RCAF bomb aimer during WWII, Richard Glanville “Dick” MacKinnon survived parachuting from a burning aircraft into occupied France. Though memories of that time remained for the rest of his life, he rarely spoke of his experience. When he died 20 years ago, he left behind a collection of war memorabilia—a scrapbook, mementoes, letters, and newspaper articles, many of which he added over the years. Combining material from Dick’s collection, his own recorded memories, and additional research findings, this talk begins with the war years and ends with discoveries made after his death. The presentation tells the story of Dick MacKinnon and of people connected with him during the war—including his comrades who perished, and members of the French Resistance who risked their lives to shelter him.
Carol Annett’s genealogy journey began when she inherited her father’s family history files as well as his war memorabilia when he died in 2002. She joined BIFHSGO a few years later. In 2010, after visiting the cemetery in France in which her father’s comrades are buried, she wrote about them for the BIFHSGO writing group. In 2022, the isolation of the pandemic has provided the time to delve into her father’s war collection in detail and write a more complete account to share with others, particularly Dick’s relatives and descendants. As a writer, Carol believes that telling people’s stories is an important part of remembrance.